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It’s a collision that can’t be stopped, and no, it’s not Andromeda that will crash into our galaxy.
A galaxy is approaching the Milky Way on a collision course in an event that could alter our cosmic neighborhood and send the Solar System into the void of intergalactic space, scientists have warned.
The collision could happen sooner than expected. For those of you who ask whether its Andromeda that we are talking about, it is not.
While the Milky Way and Andromeda are expected to collide in the very distant future, scientists have recently warned that another galactic collision could happen much sooner, reports the Guardian.
The approaching galaxy is a small satellite galaxy that orbits the Milky Way: The Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) and it is expected to collide with our galaxy in around 2.5 Billion years–or so.
In comparison, Andromeda is expected to crash into the Milky Way in about 4 billion years.
“The LMC is big but it won’t completely destroy our galaxy,” scientists explained.
“It’ll produce these amazing fireworks, but it doesn’t have the mass to create a huge disturbance. The collision with Andromeda really will be Armageddon. That really will be the end of the Milky Way as we know it.”
The new scientific study suggests that the massive collision will take place and cannot be stopped, and when that happens, it could dramatically affect our Solar System.
The good news, of course, is that humanity will probably be long gone by then, and have colonized the vastness of space.
The new research was conducted by scientists with Durham University, who investigated the relationship between the Milky Way and its orbiting galaxy the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC for short).
The strange thing is that as I am writing this, the LMC is actually moving away from our Galaxy.
But as explained by scientists the LMC which is currently located at about 63,000 light-years away will change course and start moving towards us.
New scientific models support theories that the LMC will eventually alter its course and alter its trajectory on a collision course with the Milky Way.
And while the cosmic collision is expected to take place, scientists believe individual stars and planets in both galaxies are unlikely to collide, as the LMC, weighing around 250 Billion Suns crashes into the Milky Way.
“The whole of the Milky Way will be shaken and the entire solar system could be ejected into outer space,” explained Carlos Frenk, director of the Institute for Computational Cosmology at Durham.
“If that happens, I don’t see how our descendants, if we have any, will be able to withstand it.”